Could Oral Communication Be Successfully Taught Online?

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Business and Public Management


School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure




James, K. & Tanian, S. (2002). Could oral communication be successfully taught entirely online?. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1926-1927). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/10184/.


This paper discusses the formative stages of an ongoing study to develop a course in oral communication that can be taught entirely online using chat rooms, bulletin boards and synchronous video-conferencing. It addresses the reasons for the development of the on-campus oral communication course, its structure, pedagogical foundations and its evolution from the face-to-face and distance print-based delivery modes to be taught entirely online. Due to current technical limitations a simulated online course will be developed and conducted under experimental conditions using a Local Area Network. This study will not only assist oral communication instructors, but also instructors developing a wide range of courses for online delivery.

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